Dear Billy T and Somerville Speakup Line,
There exists a life-safety issue with the closure of the Ball Square Bridge on Broadway.
There is no excuse not to set in place a temporary bridge as they did when the old steel stuctured bridge was replaced in the 70s’.
This is a slap in the face to the citizens of West Somerville.
In the past several years there have been rapid replacement of major bridges overnight, overweekends, etc., throughout the state.
Ironic, that over 10 years back they
rebuilt the ‘T’ bridge over Harvard St. Medford (by St. Clement’s) and included an additional span of 2 tracks wide. How come they did not widen the Somerville
Closure of this bridge will create serious problems with response times to this section of the city by Fire/Police/EMS personnel and apparatus.
Added time to response by mutual aid from Medford and Arlington could result in loss of life.
Plus the fact that none of these cities have brought back apparatus/ personnel lost by proposition 2 1/2. Thus less response today.
They need to put in place a temporary bridge first and then construct the new bridge.
There is no justification to jeopardize Somerville lives.